Taking Aim at Cancer Costs

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media , October 10, 2012

Health Alliance Plan (HAP), a Detroit-based regional health plan, is among a handful of payers experimenting with different payment models and protocols for the treatment of cancers.

According to a study that appeared last year in the New England Journal of Medicine, annual direct costs for cancer care will increase by $69 billion to $173 billion in 2020. Among the cost drivers is the increased cost of therapies. The sales of anti-cancer drugs are second only to those for heart disease.

HAP, along with Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions and Physician Resource Management, an oncology physician consulting firm, are working together on an evidence-based clinical pathways program that it hopes will improve the treatment quality and lower the costs of cancer care.

Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions will provide education and training and the technology used by HAP physicians to implement and monitor the program. PRM is assisting in physician recruitment.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Comments are moderated. Please be patient.


" style="font-family:inherit">Physician's Scathing Remarks Humiliate Patient, Cost Hospital
  • Alternative Staffing Arrangements
  • " style="font-family:inherit">The Perils of Cut-and-Paste Documentation
  • CMS Predictive Readmission Models 'Not Very Good'
  • Alternative Staffing Arrangements
  • Aging Doctors: Time for Mandatory Competency Testing?
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research: Avoiding Confusion


    FREE e-Newsletters Join the Council Subscribe to HL magazine


    100 Winners Circle Suite 300
    Brentwood, TN 37027


    About | Advertise | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Reprints/Permissions | Contact
    © HealthLeaders Media 2014 a division of BLR All rights reserved.